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Mets Morning News: Omar Quintanilla 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links

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Meet the Mets

Omar Quintanilla is back, guys! The Mets and the shortstop agreed to a minor league deal for the second year in a row. Before getting dealt to the Orioles, Quintanilla hit .257/.350/.371 in 80 plate appearances for the team as an injury replacement in 2012.

Ken Davidoff reports that the Mets are more likely to acquire a name starting pitcher than an outfielder at this point, pointing to options like Carl Pavano, Shaun Marcum, Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang.

Around the Majors

The Padres have talked to the Marlins about Giancarlo Stanton and the Diamondbacks about Justin Upton in recent days. Arizona and the Padres spoke about an Upton for Chase Headley trade.

The Rangers and Lance Berkman have agreed to a one year, $11 million deal with a vesting option for 2014.

Mariano Rivera is ready to begin throwing and he says he's about 95 percent right now.

Here's a picture of the construction on the outfield walls at Petco Park.

Yesterday At AA

Eric passes along ESPN's Mark Simon's playoff possibilities article from a few days ago.

Speaking of trying to predict the future, James looked at the WAR projections of the players currently on the Mets' 40-man roster.

Omar Quintanilla is back – here's Chris' piece on that signing.

January 5th, 2004 was a sad day as former Mets reliever Tug McGraw passed away.